You’re Invited to Shelter Cove’s Earth Day Volunteer Event, Celebration

This is a press release from the Lost Coast Interpretive Association:

Shelter Cove Earth Day Volunteer Event & Celebration

April 22, 2018

The community of Shelter Cove and a partnership of local organizations invites you to the 2018 Earth Day Volunteer Event and Celebration on April 22, 2018, from 10:00-3:00 p.m.

The Volunteer Project will run from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and the Earth Day Celebration from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Volunteers meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Clubhouse to pull invasive pampas grass which will help stop its spread into local hillsides and the King Range National Conservation Area. Volunteers should wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, long sleeves and rain gear if needed. Tools, gloves, and lunch for the volunteers are provided. Kids with parents are encouraged to participate!

The Earth Day Celebration begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Clubhouse and will include tri-tip sandwiches, salads and BBQ lunch, tabling by local and environmental organizations, Earth Day arts & crafts for youth, Shelter Cove library is hosting a “give a book, take a book” table, and softball games will begin at 2:00 p.m. Earth Day Poster Contest entries will be displayed and winners announced. Please join us to celebrate our Mother Earth by assisting with an environmental project and then celebrating and learning! Fun for all!

For more information, please call the King Range BLM Office at 986-5400

Additional Information:

Hosting organizations include: Lost Coast Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, King Range Alliance, Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation, Shelter Cove Pioneers, Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District, Shelter Cove Library, Sanctuary Forest, and the California Native Plant Society.

In Shelter Cove, invasive Pampas grass (Cortaderia Jubata) populations are multiplying and creating issues including:

1) Taking over native habitats and ecosystems, competing with native plants.

2) Causing Fire Danger- dangerous fuel for wildfires—near homes and King Range.

3) Impede passage over land and can obscure vision when encroaching along roads.

4) Causing a real danger of spreading to our public lands—King Range National Conservation Area

5) Likely came to Shelter Cove from ornamentals planted in yards

6) Removal and maintenance of invasive plants can become costly

The Shelter Cove Invasive Plant Project (SCIPP) will be working with the community of Shelter Cove in collaboration with BLM to systematically remove the pampas grass populations. In 2018, the project will focus on community education, promoting the project and educating landowners. In the following several years, the project will hire local contractors to excavate larger plants that cannot be removed by hand. As a community, we plan to work together in order to address the Pampas grass population before it expands further and out of our control.

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